Friday, November 21, 2014

During an official visit to Tirana, Albania, Greek Education Minister Andreas Loverdos held talks with his Albanian counterpart Lindita Nikolla. They discussed the possibility of a bilateral cooperation in writing books for the education of children of Albania’s Greek minority. The two officials signed a cooperation protocol, agreeing that there would be a mixed textbook review committee, and clarified the methodology that the committee would use.

The Greek Minister concluded that the relevant discussion on the two countries’ cooperation in primary and secondary education levels will begin at another meeting scheduled to be held in Athens in early 2015. "Our universities, our structures in primary and secondary education, our research centers, our archives, our libraries and other areas in education between the two countries should come in closer contact to develop partnerships," said Loverdos.

Regarding the Albanian migrants living in Greece, as well as the Greek community of Albania, Nikolla highlighted that they play the role of "bridges of friendship and cooperation between the two neighboring countries. In particular, cooperation in the education and sports fields widens and solidifies those friendship bridges."

The launching of Huffington Post Greece was celebrated at an event in the Acropolis Museum yesterday (11.21). Arianna Huffington,  President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group, said she was very moved to be bringing the news website to the country where she was born and "where my heart is." The Greek HuffPost, which is published in cooperation with 24Media, intends to cover all issues happening in Greece, while offering a platform for everyone, in all walks of life, to write and talk.

"We want to give everyone a voice and for this to be transported to the entire world. Greece is a part of the world and we want to ensure that all the amazing things that are happening here are known," Arianna Huffington said.
  • President Papoulias Receives Huffington
During her meeting with President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias on Thursday (11.20) Arianna Huffington expressed her joy for returning to Greece after years, for the launch of Huffington Post Greece and said that she was moved when she visited her old school, the Hill School in Plaka, downtown Athens.

Shipping and Aegean Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis officially opened the "14th Navigator 2014 - The Shipping Decision-Makers Forum" held in Athens on November 20th  highlighting the encouraging results recorded by Greek shipping over the last year, as confirmed in the ministry's latest report.

In his speech, Varvitsiotis stressed the importance of the tax framework for shipping in order to preserve its sustainable growth. He also added that "according to data from the Bank of Greece for the first semester of 2014, the revenue from shipping amounted to €7,45 billion, compared to €5,82 billion for the same period last year, which corresponds to a 28% annual increase.

European Union Prize for Literature was awarded in Brussels on November 18. Organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Writers' Council, the Federation of European Publishers and the European and International Booksellers Federation, the competition is open to authors from the 37 countries involved in the EU Creative Europe programme. 

The winners, nominated by national juries, will receive € 5,000 and will be given priority to receive EU translation grants through the support programme for Europe's cultural and creative sectors, Creative Europe. Makis Tsitas [in Greek] was Greece’s nominee for 2014.

A new blood test to detect Alzheimer's appears to detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible, far sooner than other tests in development. Dimitrios Kapogiannis, neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging, USA, is the study’s lead author. The test was presented publicly for the first time on November 16, at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington and could soon be used to identify and treat patients with Alzheimer’s, earlier in their disease progression.

Already, the test distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100% accuracy. “We will need replication and validation, but I’m very optimistic this work will hold” said Dimitrios Kapogiannis.

The exhibition "Rhodes, a Greek Island and Gateway to the East" is running at the Louvre until February 10, 2015.

The exhibition showcases artifacts from the museums of Rhodes and Copenhagen, as well as the Louvre and the British Museum and highlights the cultural mix of Rhodes, providing an opportunity to rediscover the Orientalist nature of Rhodian art through some of its most spectacular productions, particularly its gold and silver works, unique to Greece, and its faience - fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale earthenware body - with ties to Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean.